Punchline delivered, and…silence. A few coughs out in the void, but nothing else.
It’s the same feeling shared by those who don’t get the response they expect at the meeting, with their boss, with their professional organization. And with the wrong perspective it can keep them from saying anything ever again.
Entertain these possibilities:
- Right joke, wrong audience.
- Wrong joke, right audience.
Either one is a path to learning, refinement, and growth.